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Staub's Huffington Post article offers advice to Hillary Clinton on how to win the election

Ervin Staub, professor emeritus of Psychology and Brain Sciences, and founding director of the doctoral program on the psychology of peace and violence, offers advice Huffington Post to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on how she can win the November election. Huffington Post

Geography Club wins 2016 World Geography Bowl Division Championship

For the second time in three years, the Geography Club brought home the gold trophy from the World Geography Bowl divisional competition held at the New England-St. Lawrence Valley divisional meeting of the American Association of Geographers. This year’s championship team, geography students, pictured left to right: Owen Bragdon '17, Will Kostick '17, Paul Makowicz '16, Kevin Bean '17, and Nicole Plasse '19, traveled to Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, for the Oct. 14 competition.

Maresca finds strong, steady forces at work during cell division

Biologists who study the mechanics of cell division have for years disagreed about how much force is at work when the cell’s molecular engines are lining chromosomes up in the cell, preparing to winch copies to opposite poles across a bridge-like structure called the kinetochore to form two new cells. The question is fundamental to understanding how cells divide, says Thomas Maresca, Biology. Using two different force sensors to measure opposing forces inside dividing Drosophila cells, lead scientist Maresca and colleagues have proposed in Nature Communications that kinetochore fibers exert hundreds of piconewtons of poleward-directed force on kinetochores, settling the matter of how much force is brought to bear. Read more

Graduate School launches major fellowship program for underrepresented students

Implementing the first phase of a major fellowship program designed to facilitate the recruitment, retention and success of academically talented students from historically underrepresented populations, the Graduate School recently welcomed its inaugural class of 37 Research Enhancement and Leadership Fellows to campus. Since arriving, the fellows have participated in an array of activities intended to help them navigate the transition to graduate study. Read more

Institute for Applied Life Sciences officially launched

The $150 million Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) will be launched formally on Friday, Oct. 21 as industry partners join state and university officials to celebrate the investment aimed at bringing new discoveries in healthcare services and products to the marketplace. CNS faculty and research labs are actively engaged in a range of IALS projects. Read more

New map provides guide to notable campus trees

A new map of notable campus trees is available at no charge for anyone who wants to learn more about the thousands of trees that add beauty and history to the university and make up the Frank A. Waugh Arboretum. Read more

Wilson leads international astronomical camera project

New discoveries in star formation, galaxy cluster physics, ultra-deep galactic exploration and magnetic field surveys of the universe are coming soon, say a team of astronomers led by Grant Wilson, who are building the next-generation, most sensitive millimeter-wavelength polarimetric camera on Earth for studying the heavens. Dubbed TolTEC, the state-of-the-art imaging system will be a part of the 50-meter (164-foot) diameter Large Millimeter Telescope, a joint project of UMass Amherst and Mexico’s Instituto Nacional de Astrofísica, Óptica y Electrónica. Read more, Popular Science

Kittredge says drought has contributed to more red leaves this fall

David B. Kittredge, Environmental Conservation, says the drought has contributed to more red leaves this fall. He says the red color is attributed to sugars in the leaves that become evident when the main green pigment in leaves breaks down at the end of the season. Daily Hampshire Gazette

A Mashable story on why most STEM fields are male dominated includes Dasgupta study on confidence gap between male and female students in STEM classes

A Mashable story on why most of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields are dominated by men includes a recent study done by Nilanjana "Buju" Dasgupta, Psychological and Brain Sciences, that explored the confidence gap between male and female students in STEM classes. Mashable

Kittredge honored with international small scale forestry research award

David B. Kittredge, Environmental Conservation, received the 2016 Brandl Award, given annually by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations small scale forestry group in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of small scale forestry research. Curt Griffin, head of Environmental Conservation, says, "This award highlights Dave's outstanding contributions and public service to a very long and influential list of public and professional organizations involving foresters, forest landowners, agencies and communities. He has had a major impact on shaping community opinion leaders on land conservation and management throughout Massachusetts, New England and nationally."

Xing co-edits book on engineered nanoparticles

Environmental and soil chemist, Baoshan Xing, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, is one of the editors of Engineered Nanoparticles and the Environment: Biophysicochemical Processes and Toxicity, which is being released this month. Read more

Leidner leads research on changing the consequences of national trauma

New research led by Bernhard Leidner, Psychological and Brain Sciences, will look at the consequences of violent trauma for groups and nations and investigate what victims and perpetrators can learn from it to avoid future trauma and conflict. Co-investigators include social neuroscientist Jiyoung Park, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Gilad Hirschberger at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel. "Understanding such issues may help society develop more peaceful interactions between groups in conflict within a society as well as between nations," says Leidner. Read more

Student Lauren Rainaud, who trains service dogs, featured on WWLP-TV 22

A WWLP-TV 22 news story on service dogs notes that about 30 of the dogs are being cared for and trained by students at UMass Amherst, including Lauren Rainaud, Animal Science. WWLP-TV 22

Campus leaders tour Morrill Science Center renovations

Campus leaders, including Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Provost Katherine S. Newman recently toured the renovations in Morrill Science Center. View photo gallery

DeAngelis recieves $2.5M in DoE grants to investigate soil microbes' role in carbon cycle

Kristen DeAngelis, Microbiology, was recently was awarded two grants totaling about $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy to advance understanding of the role of soil microbes in feeding carbon into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming. Soils are the largest repository of organic carbon in the terrestrial biosphere and represent an important source of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, DeAngelis says. "Our results could lead to new ideas for curbing the effects of climate change, and one of the implications of this research could be remediating soil to improve its ability to store carbon." Read more

Larsen's new model, published in Nature, shows floods that formed canyons on Earth and Mars

Isaac Larsen, Geosciences, and Michael Lamb at the California Institute of Technology have proposed and tested a new model of canyon-forming floods which suggests that deep canyons can be formed in bedrock by significantly less water than previously thought. in their study, published in Nature, they point out that "reconstructing the magnitude of the canyon-forming floods is essential for understanding how floods modify planetary surfaces, the hydrology of early Mars, and abrupt climate change." Read more

Tropp comments in the New York Times about the difficulty of confronting people who make inappropriate comments

Linda R. Tropp, Psychological and Brain Sciences, says in the New York Times that it may be difficult to confront people who make inappropriate comments like those on the video of Donald Trump talking about sexually accosting women, but it often works. "Simply saying, 'I don't appreciate that comment,' or 'That's not cool,'—well, people aren't going to like you very much after that. But they do get defensive, and change their behavior." New York Times

ECO grad student Sutherland's wildlife trail camera project featured in Boston Globe

Hollie Sutherland, graduate student in Environmental Conservation, is trying to create a network of trail cameras around the state for use in scientific projects involving animals. The cameras are used by hunters and nature lovers to photograph or film animals and are often attached to trees. They are triggered by movement and can operate at night. The cameras are "becoming an important tool for scientific research," Sutherland says in the Boston Globe. She has launched a survey of camera operators and reports there are already 400 people who have responded. The idea of creating a network of cameras is being supported by state wildlife experts. Boston Globe

UMass Amherst ranked among Top 50 Green Colleges by Princeton Review

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is rated as one of the top 50 most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the just-released "The Princeton Review's Guide to 361 Green Colleges." Ranked 41st, UMass Amherst is cited for its alternative transportation options, including the bike share program provided by the Student Government Association, facilities for cyclists, a car-sharing program, carpooling and ridesharing, and transit services for students, faculty and staff.

Klingbeil awarded $416,136 NIH grant

Michele Klingbeil, Microbiology, received a two-year $416,136 grant from the National Institutes of Health for her research project, "Revealing the Trypanosome DNA Replication Machinery using iPOND."

Vinthagen comments in Amherst Bulletin story about local peace activists and their work seeking peace in the Middle East

Stellan Vinthagen, Psychological and Brain Sciences, and chairman of the Resistance Studies Initiative, comments in an Amherst Bulletin story about local peace activists and their work seeking peace in the Middle East. Amherst Bulletin

Autio, McCarthy, and McClements appointed to named professorships

Three CNS faculty members have been appointed to named professorships in recognition of their scholarly and professional achievements. Thomas J. McCarthy, Polymer Science and Engineering and D. Julian McClements, Food Science, were named distinguished professors. Wesley Autio, director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was named the Alpha Tau Gamma Fred P. Jeffrey Professor.

Hardy's research on glacier melt in the Andes proved accurate in Brazilian observations

A story on how the glaciers in the Andes are rapidly melting with 81 percent disappearing below 5,000 meters since 1975, says the evidence found by scientist backs up the research of Douglas R. Hardy, Geosciences, who has studied the ice caps in the region. He says the Andean glaciers aren't likely to survive global warming. New Scientist

Hussey, Biology major, writes a letter-to-the-editor to raise awareness of the issue of antibiotic resistance and the resulting "super bugs"

Morgan Lee Hussey, a Biology major who is part of MassPIRG's antibiotics campaign, writes a letter-to-the-editor in the Daily Hampshire Gazette to raise awareness of the issue of antibiotic resistance and the resulting "super bugs." Daily Hampshire Gazette

Staudenmayer and Sirard received $2.2 million NIH grant for more accurate assessments of physical and sedentary activity in young people

John Staudenmayer, Mathematics and Statistics, and kinesiologist John Sirard recently received a five-year, $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop methods for establishing more accurate assessments of physical activity and sedentary behavior in young people. Accurate and precise measures of these activities in youth are critical to researchers trying to provide evidence-based information related to health, Sirard explains. Read more